On Thursday afternoon, William Bastone, the editor of the Smoking Gun Web site, stood in a private dining room on the second floor of Planet Hollywood in New York, listing people who hate him and his organization.
“P. Diddy, he hates us,” Mr. Bastone said. “Catherine Zeta-Jones. Her lawyers call up all the time. Courtney Love, she hates us.” Mr. Bastone paused, then added with a weary smile: “Pretty much everybody hates us.”
That pretty much makes sense. The Web site, which Mr. Bastone founded in 1997 with Daniel Green, publishes legal papers, internal corporate memos, government correspondence and other hard-to-find documents about the famous and wealthy, the divorcing, the drunk, the incarcerated, the accidentally topless in short, people who pay $6,000 for shower curtains or whose sexual exploits are circulated on the Internet. [New York Times